[Updated!] There's a mind-boggling number of role-playing games available for your iPhone and iPad, but a good portion of them aren't worth the money or investing the time playing them. So we put together a spread of worthwhile iOS titles that cover all the major RPG styles, and some that may seem unusual but are totally worth the price.
Hauling around a heavy backpack crammed with a Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, dice bag, pewter miniatures, and other tools of the tabletop RPG trade can be exhausting. Luckily, Dungeons & Dragons action is more portable than ever thanks to the iPad re-releases of BioWare’s celebrated Baldur’s Gate games, and 2000’s Baldur’s Gate II is the latest to make the leap. This return romp through the Forgotten Realms definitely recaptures the magic of playing AD&D 2nd Edition long ago, but the old-school design doesn't make a perfectly smooth transition to iPad.
Given the span of time between iterations, writing about Diablo III with the expectation that you've played the prior games is probably unfair. As hard as it is for series die-hards to imagine, 11 years is a sufficient amount of time to assume an entirely new generation is just now experiencing the role-playing dungeon crawler for the first time. Moreover, Blizzard apparently felt the same way. Despite a somewhat simplified interface and a troublesome dependence upon online connectivity, the storied developer has yet again crafted one of the most addictive video games in history.
Capturing the feel of the 80s is like shooting fish in a barrel. Looking at children's entertainment from the era, we had a cartoon designed around selling action figures that turned into cars, while another featured a skeleton antagonist named Skeletor (good job, guys). And on the live-action front, we had Fred Savage saving the day with a host of Nintendo products. You barely need to satirize these when the source material is already this outrageous. It's an easy target, but that doesn't make Saturday Morning RPG's nostalgia-tinged look back at the days of G.I. Joes and Care Bears any less entertaining.
Forget the Beatles and the iTunes Store, if you were hankering for real-time strategy, today's the day that won't soon be forgotten. On Tuesday, Virtual programming announced the release of Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim for Mac OS X.
Set 500 years after the conclusion of its predecessor, Majesty 2 challenges you to complete a 16-mission campaign by hiring heroes who may be more interested in having a beer at a local tavern than in fighting monsters to help restore the kingdom of Ardania to its former glory.